From the "History of Ohio" by Charles B. Galbreath, Secretary of the Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, published in five, illustrated volumes by the American Historical Society, Inc., Chicago and New York 1925. Volume 3, page 31
Robert J. Beatty has found liberal exercise for his talent since beginning practice at Columbus, and in twenty years has risen to a very high position in the Ohio bar.The recent honor and responsibility conferred upon him was his election as Exalted Ruler of the Columbus Lodge of Elks.
Mr. Beatty was born at Cardington, in Morrow County, Ohio, March 13, 1879, son of Robert A. and Mary (Shaw) Beatty.He grew up in his native county, graduated from the Cardington High School in 1896, and soon afterward entered the law department of Ohio State University at Columbus.He completed his course in 1900, passed the bar examinations, and began practice immediately after leaving the University.He has handled an important general practice, appearing as consul in the various Counties, State and Federal courts.In addition, to his private practice hew was for seven years attorney for the tax department of Franklin County, and for two years was special consul for the State of Ohio under Attorney-General Hogan.
Although not subject to the first draft call Mr. Beatty offered himself to the government in any capacity that his services could be used as sson as war was declared.In the early part of the war he was particularly helpful in the financial campaigns for the prosecution of the war.He was assistant secretary for Franklin County during the second liberty loan drive, when the quota assigned was only $38,000 but the county subscribed $1,500,000.Mr. Beatty traveled over the state and delivered many speeches for the thrift stamp campaign, and in the spring of 1918 he was accepted for duty with the war consul fo the Young Men's Christian Association and spent three and one-half months on the Alsace Loraine front, and altogether six months on duty with the Young Men's Christian Association in France.
Mr. Beatty is a democrat in politics, and for six years was general secretary of the executive committee of the National League of Democratic Clubs.He is a member of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Beatty for a number of years has been a loyal and tnthusiastic Elk, and since his return from abroad he has not missed a single meeting of Columbus Lodge No. 37, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.He has taken a considerable share of Elks activities and chairman of the Sick Committee and Visiting Committee.He has filled the chairs in the Elks Lodge of Loyal Knight and Leading Knight, and in March, 1923 was elected Exalted Ruler.